Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Correcting/Disciplining Our Children, Day 31, 31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing


Who hasn't ever found themselves verbally correcting their children? Who hasn't felt like walking up to someone and saying "Hello, my name is She-who-says-'no, no, stop-that'-all-day-long. What's yours?"

Calling our children out on their words or actions can serve as a reminder of how they're supposed to act. However, when their behavior becomes a repeated behavior, I don't feel that calling them out is as effective, as I don't see it as a form of correction or discipline but as a reminder.


KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON TO A CONSEQUENCE


You've seen moms who regularly tell their children "That is not o.k." when they name call or speak rudely, hit, etc. and that's great, young children need to be reminded.   The problem come when mom continues to repeat the "that is not o.k." refrain over and over, with little to no change in the child's behavior.

As the child gets older, he/she knows that name calling, hitting, speaking rudely, etc., is not o.k. However, they are often willing to risk it if they know that they're only going to get a verbal correction. At this point of continual, repeated behavior it is my opinion that he doesn't need a reminder but a consequence.


DON'T TAKE THEIR BEHAVIOR PERSONALLY


One of the difficult things about correction and discipline is the emotion involved. Mom or dad might feel upset because the child misbehaved. They may feel frustrated, angry, hurt, etc., and now they have to try and come up with a reasonable, effective consequence.

They're frustrated because the child disobeyed.  They might be hurt or angry and might be taking it personally, as if it's a reflection on their parenting.

Ever tried to think when you're angry or hurt?  How's that working for you?

Try not to get upset.  Does a police officer get all upset when he gives you a ticket?  Does he cry and whine and complain that "I can't believe you did this AGAIN!!!"  Is he hurt or mad because he had to give you a ticket? No, he is calm and does his job.

 
DON'T OVERREACT

This is the time when you might overreact with a consequence because you're upset.  This is the time when you may talk your child to death, like verbal vomit, because you're frustrated.  This is the time when the child's eyes may glaze over and they tune you out, because you go on....and on.....and on!


USE NATURAL CONSEQUENCES WHENEVER POSSIBLE


I think it's always good to try and use natural consequences and tie a consequence to their actions whenever possible, it will help them remember the consequence better.  But that is not always easy to do if you are upset with their behavior.  It's hard to be creative if you're upset.


MAKE A LIST OF BEHAVIORS = CONSEQUENCES


As parents, we had many established consequences for certain actions. If a transgression and a consequence is written down, it will take away much of the "emotion" out of the equation.  This way you act calmly with the consequence instead of just reacting emotionally to the behavior.

If you have a transgression = consequence list written down, you can go over it with your children before anything occurs. You can let them know your expectations (no name calling, no hitting, etc.) and also what will happen if they misbehave.

By having a consequence already figured out, when they misbehave you can calmly bring the child to the list and say "This is what you did and here is the consequence." Then you carry it out. We also had a Bible verse which was attached to each consequence.

For awhile we used something called an "If'-Then" chart. When they misbehaved we brought them to the list and pointed out their misbehavior, read them the Bible verse, and then reminded them what the correction/discipline was going to be. This took the emotion out of it on our part, and the kids couldn't say "I didn't know" on their part.  (Note: I am not being paid or compensated by this company in any way)


BE THANKFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN


This is the blessing you have been given as a parent.  The responsibility of training, growing, nurturing and raising your children to be caring, mature, responsible adults!

Correction and discipline are part of it.  Expect an opportunity to correct and train your child, be thankful for it.  Now you have the opportunity to instill some wisdom, character values, internal boundaries, and life lessons into your child.  Always reassure them afterward with your love and hugs when you are correcting or disciplining. 

 
KNOW WHEN TO DISCIPLINE AND WHEN TO TRAIN



Remember, there is a difference between childish irresponsibility and direct disobedience. Direct disobedience is when you tell them not to do something and they do it anyway, not because they forgot but because they are rebelling against your authority.  Childish irresponsibility means that they just forgot or got distracted or whatever because they're a child.

So you will want to determine if it's childish irresponsibility or rebellion. In our case, if it was a direct disobedience thing the consequence was more than just the typical childhood irresponsibility training consequence.

Forgetting to set the table or deliberately saying "I hate you" and disrespectfully walking away when your mom or dad is talking to you are two different things.  Forgetting to set the table for dinner one night is not a heart of rebellion against a parental authority, obviously. 


Children are a precious joy, but disciplining them can be a challenge to your heart and emotions as well as your creativity.  You want to raise loving, respectful kids, but sometimes you just get tired!  Just remember that, in a way, you aren't raising children, you are raising adults!  So stay the course and make your home sing!

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(If you missed the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Ladies, It's Time To Stop Beating Ourselves Up, Day 30, 31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing


Recently my feelings were deeply hurt by someone I considered a friend.  She accused me of being lazy, and said "You say you love your family and want to be a better wife and mother, but your actions don't show it.  You bought pizza the other night instead of cooking from scratch, you spend more time on the computer than you should.  You have dog hair all over the floor and look, you have last night's dishes in your sink.  Your husband has run out of socks and your son had to buy lunch at work today because you forgot to buy bread.  You're lazy and undisciplined."

I was stunned but she went on to comment on the fact that I had gained some weight, had "let myself go" because I wasn't wearing makeup that day and was wearing a "sloppy t-shirt and jeans."

I felt betrayed because this person was supposed to be my friend.  This person knew my heart and knew how much I loved my family and wanted to be a blessing to them.  This person KNEW all that, and yet she said those hurtful things and attacked me anyway.

This person was ME.

I was the one saying these awful things to myself.  I was the one heaping abuse on my own head.  I was the one making myself feel bad.

Let me ask you this, would you EVER say to a friend the things you say to yourself?  Would you ever call your friend lazy and selfish, overweight, a bad friend or a bad wife or mom?  Would you ever say that to your friend???

Then why do you say it to yourself?  Why do I say it to myself?

We would probably never say to someone else the things we say to ourselves. We would never call their parenting into question because they ran out of milk.  We wouldn't say they were a bad mom because they said they "needed a break."  We would never accuse them of not loving their family because they spent too much time on pinterest and dinner was late.  We wouldn't call them a bad friend because they were too tired to go out to a movie with us.

So why do we beat ourselves up?  Does it help?  Do we suddenly feel like better wives and mothers, employees, friends or daughters afterward?  Does it make us want to go out and bless others to the best of our ability?

Oh sure, it may guilt you into something.  But if you're fighting your own emotions and struggling with guilt and shame, are you working to the best of your ability?  No.

Ladies, it's time to stop beating ourselves up because we're not perfect.  Sure, we know we're not perfect, but then we will turn right around and expect ourselves to be, right?

When you fail, and you will... and I will too, pick yourself up and move on.  Stop beating yourself up and stop the inner name-calling. Stop using guilt and shame to motivate yourself.

Use love to motivate you instead.  Remind yourself that you are loved by an almighty God.  Remind yourself that you love your family.  Remind yourself that you desire to bless them.  Remind yourself that you need to love yourself and want to be a friend to yourself, not an enemy.

Stop talking to yourself as if you're the enemy.  You're not.  You're in this together, both of you: the you who you WANT to be and the you who you ARE now.  Embrace who you are today and stop worrying about who you'll be tomorrow.  You'll get there.  God isn't finished with you yet!

Accept that you are going to make mistakes from time to time.  You're not going to respond perfectly to every situation.  You're going to lose your patience or run out of toilet paper or go to bed without doing the dishes.

You're not perfect.  Neither am I.  But don't give up on yourself.  Keep blessing your family and those you love, keep giving of yourself to the best of your ability, but allow for your mistakes and faults.  Keep trying, don't give up.

We're not perfect.  We can't love perfectly.  So love imperfectly today and make your home sing!

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(I am a couple of days behind due to my visit to the ER, but I am going to try and continue.  If you missed the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)



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Sunday, October 28, 2012

ER Visit, Taking A Few Days Off

Sorry but I have to take a few days off.   Had a lot of pain and had to go to the ER, only to discover I have a kidney stone.  So I'm taking a few days off until it passes and I feel better.

I just wanted to come on and write this so you know that I was committed to this series but just can't do it right now.  The pain meds are helping some (which is why I am able to post this) but for some reason they aren't helping as much as I'd hoped.  Still, it's better than nothing.

So take care and I will see you all in a few days!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

You Might Be A Mom If.....Day 27, 31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing


You might be a mom if:
  • Your hubby has a smear of food on his chin and you spit on your thumb to rub it off for him.  He's horrified.
  • You realize that stepping barefoot on a lego in the middle of the night rates right up there with childbirth.
  • Somebody you don't even know will say "mom" and you will answer.
  • You are relaxing, enjoying your coffee and the "peace and quiet" and then you panic because you just remembered......you have a two year old. Who is in the other room.   ALONE.
  • The words "search and destroy" take on a whole new meaning now that you have a toddler.
  • You haven't had hot food in years.
  • You have ever found yourself saying "Because I said so.  That's why."
  • Your hair went up in a pony-tail the day your child was born and hasn't come down since.
  • You may or may not be still trying to lose the baby weight.  Even if your baby is 19. 
  • You cut your husband's food into little teeny tiny pieces.
  • You rock back and forth while standing, whether you're holding a baby or not.
  • You consider baby spit as actually part of your wardrobe accessories.
  • You've had days where you haven't showered, haven't dressed, and haven't talked to a single person over the age of three.
  • You have lots and lots of beautiful pictures of your husband and children.  Guess who's missing?
  • You have ever experienced the feeling of your heart leaving your body and walking out the door.
  • You are sick with a fever and yet you can still take care of your little one who has an owie on her finger.
  • "Me" time means going to the bathroom.  With an audience.  Outside the door.  Pounding.
  •  Racing your children to the phone is the only exercise you get.  And it's never for you.
  • You go on facebook to see what your children are up to.
  • The sight of a pair of car keys in your teen's hand drives you to your knees in prayer.
  • You can hear your child cough in the middle of the night, even if you're in another room. In another house.  In another state.
  • You haven't showered in awhile but your kids look awesome!
  • You wouldn't trade your life for anything!
I know that you're not all moms out there.  But if you are a mom, what things remind you that you're a mom?  Share them today and make your home sing!

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(If you missed the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!) 


Friday, October 26, 2012

Practice Intentional Listening, Day 26, 31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and their eyes are wandering all over the place looking everywhere but at you?  Do you feel like they're really listening to you?



Have you ever tried to have a conversation with the back of someone's head or half of their face?  Do you feel like they'd rather be somewhere else?

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone who is constantly checking their watch, tapping their feet, or turning their body away from you as if to walk away at any moment?  Do they make you feel valued and loved?

Stop for a moment and evaluate the last few conversations you've had with your loved ones.  Were you able to give them your full attention?  Do you think they felt like you were really hearing what they were saying?  Or were you just anxious to get off the phone or to get back to the computer and get on with your day.

As a busy wife and mom, I want to be able to make good use of my time and get things accomplished.  I like to be productive and I like to be organized and get things done.  But what if it comes at the expense of someone else, such as my family?  What if my priorities aren't their priorities?

What about you?  How many times has your husband had a conversation with the back of your head, while you do the dishes?  How many times have your little ones had to say to you "Mommy, are you listening to me?"  How many times has your teenager told you about their day while following you around the house so you could drop off the laundry or put away the groceries or text on your phone?  How many conversations do you have with one eye on the t.v. and the other on the person talking to you?

It can be difficult to find the balance between giving them your full attention and drawing the line when your four year old wants to tell you yet another joke and you need to make an important phone call.

I remember doing the dishes once and my teenage son came up and started talking to me.  I remember that I kept doing dishes and he was talking to the back of my head.  It wasn't world-shaking, he was just telling me about his day.  Do you think he felt like I really cared about his day?  What do you think he felt I cared about more? Him or the dishes?

I remember the Lord convicting me to turn around and listen, really listen to my son - with my body as well as my ears.  The dishes could wait, but my son's heart couldn't.  It needed to know that he was more important to me than the dishes.

My son probably will never remember this specific event, because I didn't tell him my thought process.  I just stopped what I was doing, turned around and gave him my full attention.  But, as the years have gone by, I have tried to remember that moment, and to never let a THING be more important than spending time talking with my children.

Someone can say something to me when I am sitting at the computer and we will have a conversation and they will walk away......and I will suddenly realize I have no recollection of what we talked about.  None.  That's because I didn't give them my full attention.

I have to stop what I'm doing and make an effort to focus and really listen, and not think about what I'm going to say next, and not think about the article I just read or cooking a recipe that I just pinned. I have to be intentional in my listening, or it just goes in one ear and out the other.

Purpose to live in the NOW and to give them your full attention when they talk to you.  I don't think that means that we have to drop everything and stop folding laundry or let the white sauce burn every single time.  I don't mean that we have to just sit at our toddler's feet and listen to them all day, and never get anything else done.

But there are moments when you truly CAN stop and listen to them.  You can stop folding the laundry for that moment if need be, you can pause the dvd or put the t.v. on mute, you can stop doing the dishes and stop pinning long enough to focus on them.  Truly focus.  Practice intentional listening.

When they know that you care, and they know that you're listening and they know that you love them, you will be surprised how much they will share with you.  They will share their heart because they know you are a safe place for it. Don't miss it.

It's a lot easier to share your heart when someone is listening than it is when you know they're not. Truly listen when you have that chance today and make your home sing!


(If you missed the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I Miss My Mind The Most, Day 25, 31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing

So I've been doing this 31 day thing and posting every day.  Each day, as I begin a new post, I painstakingly figure out what DAY it is that I'm blogging about.

I look at the previous blog post which says "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing, Day ____."  Then I add a day so that I can put the correct number in the title for tomorrow's post.

Tonight I was once again agonizing over what post number I was working on so that I'd get it correct in the title.  So I looked at today's post.  Had to check it twice, didn't want to make a mistake you know.

This whole "Day ____" number thing is important and if I fail you now by putting the wrong number, I totally realize that I could ruin your entire life.  Or cause you to get a pimple.  It's that critical.  *cough*

Then it dawned on me, I am posting 31 days in a row in October.  I have posted every single day and not missed one.  Are you seeing where this is heading?

That means the post I am writing for tomorrow will have tomorrow's date on it.  On account of that whole 31 days in a row thing.  Wow.  Could it really be that simple?  Duh, yeah......

Yesterday's post had yesterday's date.  It's not rocket science.  I don't have to look at the post to see what number to use for tomorrow.  All I have to do is remember today's date and I'm all set!

Oh wait.......

I.  AmDoomed.

I never know what day it is.  Today (as I write this) was Tuesday, I thought.  Turned out it was Wednesday so I was 30 minutes late to my Wednesday appointment on account of it being Tuesday, only it wasn't. Who knew?


I have been known to sleep in on Sunday a time or two and been late to church because my alarm went off and I thought "WHY is the alarm going off on a Saturday???????????"

I will ask you a million times what the date is or what day it is.

I will also ask you your name the first 5,218 times we meet.

I can never remember where I parked my car in a parking lot.

We feed the dogs twice a day.  I can never remember if I fed them or not.

I can never remember what all the keys on my key ring are for.

I can never remember if it's weird or wierd.  That whole "i before e" thing just throws me off.

As I said before.....I'm sorry......what were we talking about?  Look, a chicken!  Squirrel!

I.  Am.  Doomed.

Are YOU doomed?  If you are let's encourage each other in our misery, join me today and make your home sing!

 (If you missed the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kitchen Cleaning List Printable, Day 24, 31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing


Click here to print the free kitchen cleaning list

Need to clean your kitchen and yet you only have a few minutes?  No problem!  Paralyzed with indecision?  No problem!  Don't waste those few minutes debating on what to do!

Grab yourself a timer and set it for 15 minutes.  Pick an item or two off this list, put some upbeat music on your iPod and get to cleaning. Race that timer!  You can do a lot in 15 minutes!

Dance around that room like nobody's business. When the timer goes off, you are DONE!

Some of the jobs might take longer than 15 minutes, but that's o.k!  The next time you have an extra 15 minutes you can pick up right where you left off.  You will have your kitchen sparkling clean in no time!

Now dance around that kitchen and make your home sing today!


Note: This list is something I just threw together and it doesn't contain everything, but it is enough to get you started; then you can move on to baseboards and wall switches!  I will also be posting lists to other rooms in your home as well during this series, so be sure and check back here later this week or next.   If you're afraid you might miss them you can follow me or subscribe in your reader or by email.  The links are also in right sidebar as well.

 (If you missed the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Quick And Easy Homemade Teriyaki Chicken Recipe, Day 23, 31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing


Ingredients:

1 to 1 and 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  (I usually just grab 3-4 of the frozen chicken breasts from Costco). Thaw chicken first if it is frozen.


Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients:
1 cup low sodium soy sauce (or you may substitute regular)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger

Combine sauce ingredients. (Sorry, forgot to take a picture).  Cook in a large skillet over low heat until the sugar is dissolved.  If you are in a hurry, like I usually am, you can just pop the sauce in the microwave, using a microwave safe bowl, and heat it that way.  I've actually been in such a hurry that I just threw the sauce together without heating it up at all.  Some of the sugar was left along the sides of the bowl but we didn't notice any change in the flavor of the sauce.

However, if you're concerned that the soy sauce or sugar police will come and get you, by all means heat up the sauce until the sugar dissolves.  That's what I did for this post, even though I don't have the picture proof!



Cut the chicken lengthwise into 1" slices.  Or do what I did.  Hack and destroy the chicken until it begins to look like very pale, very large tadpoles. Or you could just start cutting diagonally with reckless abandon.  I have never claimed to be an expert at cutting chicken.

Spray a 9x13 pan or large tray with oil spray and put the chicken strips in it.  Make sure the tray has a lip on it (unless you want all your sauce to pour out onto the counter and floor).  Who knows, perhaps you needed a good excuse to mop your floor.

I used aluminum foil (sprayed with oil spray) in my pan just in case someone came to my door and told me I won the lottery and my chicken burns while I am jumping up and down screaming.  That way I won't have as much trouble cleaning the pan after I wake up from the dead faint I went into after discovering the millions I've won.  I WILL, however, have trouble winning the lottery since I haven't bought a ticket.  Details.

This is the requisite clean-as-you-go picture.  I like to clean up the kitchen as I go.  Just add a little soap and water and the dishes almost clean themselves.  You can also load them in the dishwasher but I suppose you know that.......

Pour the sauce over the chicken (here's where the lip to the tray becomes REALLY important).  Bake uncovered at 350 for 30-40 minutes, until chicken is cooked (I know, duh, but I had to add it).  If the sauce doesn't cover the chicken completely just turn the chicken over halfway through cooking.  Note that mine doesn't because of course that would just be too much to ask.....or maybe I just used more chicken this time.

Or you can just heat the teriyaki sauce on the stove as mentioned above.  Add the chicken, cover and simmer until cooked, about 20-30 minutes.

I'm sorry but I forgot to take a picture of the finished product.  I was too busy eating. Burp. (Excuse me!)


 Serve with rice if desired.  Frankly, I can't imagine not serving this with rice, but to each his own!  If you've never tried making your own teriyaki chicken try this recipe today and make your home sing!

Click here for a simple version of this recipe.



(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)


 

Monday, October 22, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 22: Dealing With Interruptions


Making your home sing Mondays
  

Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? 
It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless.

Interruptions are insistent and pushy. They are out there, eyeballing you and just waiting to spring on you.

In fact, sometimes they won't even wait for you. They will jump on you and attack you while you are trying to manage whatever you're currently dealing with.

Interruptions can be cute, like my toy poodle, or they can be ugly, like getting a phone call that someone you love has taken gravely ill.  Some interruptions are important and have to be handled immediately, but some don't.

Interruptions are going to happen, and there's no use getting annoyed, frustrated, or downright mad. Instead, make a plan!

1. Write down your priorities for the day. Then, when the interruptions come, you can deal with them, knowing that you have a plan to go back to. You don't have to worry about forgetting anything.

2. Let the phone ring sometimes. Just because the phone rings doesn't mean you have to answer it. Do you have an answering machine? Use it! Does your cell phone record calls received? Let it. Your phone works for YOU. Let it do its job.

3. Put a sign on the door that says who isn't available. When my kids were little, we got lots of interruptions by the neighbor kids, even *after* I told them the kids couldn't play right now. Eventually I told  them that my kids weren't available when the sign was on the door and that helped a lot.  They would wait for the sign to come off instead of ringing the doorbell constantly.

4. Don't turn the t.v. on and don't sit down at the computer unless you set a timer.  It is so easy to get sucked into a t.v. program or playing on the computer, and there goes your time!  Before you know it it's dinner time and you have a hungry family and no meal plan.  So if the computer is your biggest interruption, take away its power by limiting it!

5. Remember that some things aren't really interruptions, they are a part of your life.  Children WILL interrupt you, it's a given.  However, they are also part of your life and your responsibility, and when we view them as an interruption we are liable to get frustrated with them. Remember that those kinds of interruptions just go with the "job." If you have to stop a sewing project to deal with a correction, discipline or training issue, just remember that training our children is just as important as getting the sewing done, more so in fact!

6. Can you predict an interruption and forestall it by meeting it head on?  You want to spend an hour focusing on something but you know that the kids are going to be hungry 30 minutes in.  Can you feed them an early lunch?  You know your bff is going to call you at 10 a.m. because she always doesCan you call her at 9:55 and tell her that you'll call her in the afternoon when you have some free time?  You know your boss or your child (does anyone else besides me find humor in those two words being so close together?) is going to call and ask you for something that you promised you'd get for them.  Can you get it now, before you start your project?

7.  Use nap time or other times when your children are well occupied for high concentration jobs.  This is a good time to do a project that requires more focus and concentration on your part such as balancing the checkbook.  Folding the laundry could be done later when the children are awake and active and more likely to require your attention.

8.  This is just here because I like to end on an even number!  It just makes me happy, lol!

These are just a few things.  What are some things that YOU do to avoid interruption?  Do them today and make your home sing!

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(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 21: Love Is Action

I'm sitting here typing this Saturday night, but you knew that, right?  Hubby has gone to bed early because he has a sermon to preach tomorrow.  My children are out with some friends and my mom is in bed.  The dogs are quiet too.  I'm pretty sure that you didn't need to know all that, though.

But it's quiet.  I can pretty much be guaranteed that I am going to be able to sleep the whole night through.  No interruptions.

I remember a time when there were interruptions.  Lots of them.  Starting with a teeny, tiny, wiggling, screaming, hungry baby.

I also remember children who had nightmares or illnesses or other issues which necessitated me getting up in the night to deal with it.  Sometimes several times.

Some of you are there, right now.  Tired, weary, and praying for just three hours of sleep in a row.  Just three hours of sleep, Lord!

Few things can teach you selflessness better than a child.  Few things can teach you how to love when you don't feel like it better than a whining, unhappy toddler who is just about to pitch a fit over not wanting to take a nap.  Again.  Few things can get you up out of bed faster than a 2:00 a.m. "feed me" alarm going off in the next room. 

You don't question it.  You don't sit back and decide whether or not you want to do it.  You don't ask yourself  "what's in it for me?"  You just do it.  Whatever the need is, you meet it.

You love.

Whether you feel like it or not.  You love in action, when you're tired, cranky, and when you're going on so little sleep that you're not sure which end is up.

That's what love is, because love is more than a feeling or a word, it's an action.  You just do it.  Love doesn't sit around waiting for a feeling to happen.  Love acts.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”   I John 3:18 (NIV)

I am so glad that God's love for me isn't based on a feeling.  It's based on an action.  Jesus.

Today you have lots of people out there who need to know they are loved.  What small thing can YOU do to know to let them know that they are?  What thing can you do to make a difference in their day?

Can you show love in your actions today whether you feel like it or not? That's not being a hypocrite.  That's love.

 Love those that God brings across your path today and make your home sing!

(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)





Saturday, October 20, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 20: Don't Be Afraid To Laugh At Yourself

Just my oldest son and I were home for dinner. I set my plate down and went to try and figure out something on the computer. Then he set HIS plate down to help me. Afterward, we couldn't figure out whose plate was whose. 

We just stared at them in confusion and laughed and laughed.  One plate had 3/4 of ham left, and lots of roasted potatoes and asparagus left. The other plate had a little bit of ham and only two small pieces of potatoes, and no asparagus.

Neither of us could remember how much we'd eaten of dinner since he was helping me on the computer and we weren't paying attention.   


So my son decided that he must have eaten most of his dinner because he's a young guy, right?  Put a plate and a fork in his hand and it's goodbye food.  So he gave me the plate that was 3/4 full and I finished eating it.

After I finished eating it I realized I was really full and after he finished his meal he realized he was still hungry.  Really hungry.

So I'm thinking I may have eaten nearly ALL of my meal and MOST of his, depending on whose plate I REALLY got, which means HE barely got any dinner at all.  Score Mom points all around.
 
Let me tell you, I DO not mess around when it comes to food! 


I don't mess around when it comes to caffeine either........

Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself a little today.  Be silly sometimes. Embrace your inner dork.   Grab your child's hand and dance around the house.  Hug your family a bit tighter, laugh with them, even if the joke is on YOU and make your home sing!

(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)



Friday, October 19, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 19: As Long As There Are Messes There Will Be Excuses

Do you ever have those days where you look around your home and see lots of little messes? Messes that can be resolved in minutes?  Do you ever wonder why you're procrastinating on something that would be so simple to clean up?

I took some pictures of my mess just so you could see that you're not alone! Seems like there's always an excuse for the mess, so here are MY excuses.......lame as they may be.  Some days I'm just going to make excuses and today is one of them.

We recyle pop cans and bottles and these are waiting for recycling because I was too lazy to put them where they belong.  Apparently so was everyone else. The conventional oven was used for dinner and I haven't bothered putting it away yet as it was "cooling." Looks like somebody had stuffed peppers for lunch so that's yet another item waiting for "someone" to put it in the recycling. The knife? Who knows?

There are 3 bottles of shampoo on the counter and one pencil.  Seriously?  None of which belong in a kitchen so why are they there? In case you're wondering, the toilet paper rolls DO belong in the kitchen because I wrap the appliance cords in them.

I had cereal for breakfast and just ran out the door without putting it away.  It would have taken, what, less than five seconds?  But yup, too busy to put it away.......

Homemade cupcakes that a friend's daughter made and brought over (yummy!). Hoagie buns and bread because I don't have a bread box and usually never put them in the cupboard. Onions, bananas and an acorn squash hiding in the background.

Plastic containers that my son brought home and I can't decide what to do with them. I have no room for them right now.  They may be there until he moves out someday or I move into a retirement home. A teapot that belongs on the stove but instead is hanging out on the counter because no one but me cares that it's out of place and I haven't moved it back yet.

Towels that I finished drying last night and was too tired to fold before I went to bed.  How hard can it be to fold a load of towels?  But when you start your laundry late and dry your towels late.....you get the picture.

Notice that they are still there the next day, when I'm NOT so tired.  Also, only one of those pillows belongs on the loveseat, and the other three belong on the couch. So why are they all on the loveseat?

This fan has been there since summer. It was still pretty warm in September but it's now nearly November and I'm thinking it has now apparently become part of the home decor because it's still there. Would it be super easy to put away? Yup. So why haven't we? Dunno.

Somebody dropped some mail on this table and knocked the decorations over. You will note that no one (including me) has straightened them up again. Seriously, how hard would that be? But time after time I walk by this and ignore it, because it's probably just going to get knocked over again......

My mother set this doll down next to the rooster and there it sits. There's also a cow lying in the back there.  Still yet another pencil.  What's up with all these pencils?

Kleenex, hand lotion, and a drink coaster. Not to mention a very ugly foot stool that belongs downstairs. It would take less than a minute to clear this table off.  So why haven't I cleared it?

My friend and I are redoing my sunroom and changing it to black and white. So we have pillows and cushions waiting to be recovered (not to mention the curtain for the door waiting to be sewn and blinds that need to be replaced.

You see a box that contains my exercise equipment which I did not put away, and towels that were used to wipe the dog's feet which weren't put away either (the towels, not the dog's feet).

Now, wouldn't it be easy to clean all this up and have everything neat? Yup. So why isn't it done?

Because it's just that easy.  It will take minutes and so it's easy to overlook it in favor of something bigger, in favor of playing on the computer instead, in favor of the fact that I am tired and it will ONLY take a minute and there's always tomorrow, right?

"It will only take a minute" is a good excuse and one that we use to excuse ourselves from acting.  Because it will only take a minute, right?  Why be in such a hurry?

"I will get to it later" is another good excuse. Sometimes later doesn't come.  Sometimes we ignore these little messes for too long and they pile up and become very big messes.

Then the excuse becomes "I just don't have enough time" or "I didn't make this mess by myself" or "I was GOING to clean it up but......."   As long as there are messes there will be excuses.

What excuses are YOU making today?  Whatever the excuse, find the answer to it and the motivation to DO it and make your home sing!

(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)


Thursday, October 18, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 18: Ten Things To Do IF You Oversleep



You have a busy day today, lots to do and you don't have a second to waste.  You wake up only to discover that your alarm didn't go off and you've overslept.  Oh no!  What do you do?

1. Pray.  Nothing calms me down more than a quick prayer and just handing my day over to the Lord and letting Him handle it!  I remind myself that God knows all about my day and quote Psalm 118: 24 "This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it."



2.  Don't panic.  Panicking is not going to do you any good and will only cause further stress.

3.  Eat a good breakfast - don't skimp, you are going to need the energy today.  Have some quick grab-and-go breakfast bars or items on hand for mornings like this so that you can grab one as you head out the door.  If you're staying home have a quick bowl of oatmeal or cereal and bacon instead of a donut.

4. Make a list of the day's priorities - star or circle the ones you MUST do that day.  You might think that this will only take up some of your precious time, but if you don't write down your priorities you are liable to forget some of them.  Don't trust your memory.  Stress and memory don't always play well together.

5. Work on your priorities in a time order, meaning work on the ones that make sense but also keep in mind the importance.  Going to the doctor is important but if your appointment is in the afternoon it wouldn't make sense to leave three hours early, right?   Laundry may be on your list but low on priority but it makes sense to start a load now and work on other stuff, then flip the load later in the day.

6.  Rally the troops.  If you have kids there are some things they can help with when you're in a bind.  When my kids were little I taught them how to quickly straighten and clean up a messy room.  One time I was in a time crunch and needed to have the house picked up in a hurry.  I asked the kids for help and the oldest worked on the family room, the youngest worked on the living room and I worked on the kitchen.  We had the house sparkling in no time!

7.  Know when to surrender.  Sometimes we just need outside help.  Is there someone who might be willing to watch your kids for awhile so that you can run your errands faster or get more done at home or be able to write that paper without interruptions?  Can you bite the bullet and pop in a favorite movie for the kids?

8.  Work smarter, not harder.  Do you really NEED to bake those dozen cookies from scratch?  Yes, I know it costs more money to buy them but you overslept and you're in a time crunch and sometimes Sarah Lee really DOES do it better.

9. Double up.  Sometimes you can double up on priorities.  I once had a busy day and a busy evening ahead and, of course, I overslept.  I knew that my Sunday school lesson was a priority because I had to teach it on Sunday but I needed to leave for my doctor's appointment.  I had to be somewhere later that afternoon and, as I said, I was going to be gone that evening.  So I grabbed my Bible and the lesson book and worked on my lesson while in the waiting room.

You can also group together your outside errands, starting from the errand furthest from you and ending up with the one closest to you. Work on one priority while also working on another when you can, i.e. make a phone call while folding laundry.  If you're cooking your dinner, start cleaning up the kitchen while the water is boiling.  Throw a few dishes in the dishwasher while the meat is browning.  Finish cleaning the kitchen while the dinner is in the oven.  Ask one of the kids to set the table and tell them they can use whatever they want to decorate the center.

10. Try and keep a perspective.  On the morning that you oversleep, traffic might be really bad,.  Your child may forget to tell you that he's supposed to bring a dozen cupcakes to school.  Your husband may need the car and you needed to go to a doctor's appointment.  If it's a home day for you, your child may wake up sick or your toddler may be pitching a fit.


Things are going to happen sometimes and it can be especially difficult when you're already stressed out.  Stop and breathe.  Just remember what's important.  Do what you must and let go of what you can.  It's not going to be the end of the world if you let some things go.  You don't have to be perfect.  It's o.k. to be imperfect. 

So be imperfect today and make your home sing!
(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 17: Kid's Chore Chart





We started our children on chores when they were young.  We felt that chores would teach them patience, diligence, perseverance and a work ethic.  We also felt that it would teach them satisfaction in a job well done.

This is a copy of my childrens' chore chart when they were seven and eleven years old. I tried to keep some of their chores the same, and tried to be mindful of the age difference.

Every morning they were responsible for making their beds and doing what I called a "Room Check." They were to put away their pajamas, close any drawers that were left open while they were searching for something to wear, etc.  I would come by later to see if their beds were made and their rooms were neat and ready for the day.  They were welcome and encouraged to check OUR room as well.

 When I set up the chore chart I thought about what I felt needed to be done around the house that they could do, as well as what chores I wanted them to learn.  Since I wanted them to learn how to do laundry, as well as help out with folding it and putting it away, I assigned them each that chore.

After the initial training their actual laundry duty was sorting, folding and putting away.  I maintained control of the actual washing and drying because I liked (and still like) having that control.

I bought a flip and fold to make it easier for them to fold their clothes and they loved it!  In fact they initially fought over who got to fold laundry even when it wasn't their day, lol!

Each of their morning chores generally took ten minutes or less. Their afternoon chore took about the same.

For example, the seven year old did all the dusting (using a swifter) and only vacuumed a very small room upstairs. The eleven year old vacuumed downstairs, including the stairs which were more difficult.

The seven year old cleaned one bathroom using baby wipes. His older brother cleaned the other bathroom with disinfecting wipes.  Since I cleaned the bathrooms again on Saturday the issue of baby wipes wasn't a problem.

The eleven year old had some tasks that were a bit more time consuming than his younger brother's (like sweeping the hardwoods), but that's because of the age difference.

Both kids alternated kitchen duties. The dinner helper would help me cook dinner (if I needed help) and would set the table.  The cleanup helper consisted of unloading the dishwasher (which was a morning job), clearing the table at dinner, and sweeping.

Everyone loaded their own dishes into the dishwasher and helped put food away at dinner. The cleanup helper loaded the serving dishes and pots/pans into the dishwasher or hand washed them if need be.

Their Saturdays might include a special project like helping daddy wash the car but usually they were free of chores on Saturday, with the exception of making their bed and a room check and the 7 p.m. house pick up (in which we all participated).  No chores on Sunday.

Click here to print a simple, free version of the chore chart.  If you've thought about starting your children on some chores but haven't, spend some time working on it today and make your home sing!



 (If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)

Also linking up to Works For Me Wednesday.

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 16: Pillowcase Power

What homemaking chore do you do that you don't really NEED to do? Is there something that you do the hard way or the long way? Why do you do it? Habit? Comfort? Your mom always did it that way?

I used to iron pillowcases. My mom did it and raised me to do it, and I taught my oldest son to do it. Yup. I don't know personally ANYone who does that anymore, but I'm sure you're out there somewhere. I just haven't met you yet. But I did it, for years and years and years.

I'll bet Martha Stewart does it.

I have to admit that if you've never slept on a crisp, freshly ironed pillowcase you are seriously missing out.  I mean, seriously.

The only problem with that is that once it's been slept on, it's no longer "freshly" ironed, but who cares? I have to tell you, I loved putting those beautifully ironed pillowcases on our beds!

I didn't even really mind ironing them. I would prop the ironing board in front of the t.v. or turn on some music and iron away. Pillowcase after pillowcase because I would wash and iron several sets at a time. I loved putting them away in the drawer too.

Why did I stop? Time, I guess. One child turned into two children, and life got busy and pretty soon I was homeschooling and one day I just stopped ironing them and I never started again.

I don't remember that day, and I don't remember making any "BIG" decision. But one day I just folded the pillowcases instead of ironing them and I put them away, and then THIS happened:

O.k., not really.  Nothing happened.  I fell asleep that night, and the next, and the next, and so on.

You can buy bread but there are lots and lots of people who make their own bread (in fact, I've done it myself) and I don't think that everyone strictly does it just for the taste or to save money. Sometimes I think it's also for the pleasure and satisfaction of baking their own bread!

Household chores are so much easier now than they used to be in my grandmother's time, or even when my mother was a younger homemaker.

But sometimes, you just GOTTA make them harder in order to have the simple pleasure of doing them, lol!  Ease and convenience are awesome, but sometimes it's all about the effort, experience and the memory.  I think I hear the iron and a pillowcase calling my name ONE more time......

What is calling YOUR name today?  Why don't you answer and make your home sing!

(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)

Monday, October 15, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 15: Simply Blue

Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday meme! Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). My point with each Monday post is, what are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? 

It can be an attitude or an action. Motivation, our attitude, baking, encouraging our husband or children (if we have either one), organization, cleaning, saving money....the opportunities are endless. 


Some things are so simple and yet so pretty to me.  I love blue and white.  So crisp.  So clean.  I especially love a blue and white plate.  Make that TWO blue and white plates.


 I also love my blue and white rooster plate.  He makes me smile every time I look at him. He also makes me cringe when I nearly knock him off the table and break him into a million pieces. That's only happened once or twice or 50 times.

I love this blue and white rooster too, and the polka dots.  Love me some polka dots!

Stripes and plaid in bright colors make me drool.

I also love collecting picture frames of strangers and putting them around my house instead of putting my OWN family pictures in the frame.  But I digress.


I love wicker and pitchers and the color that a few fake flowers can add.

I also love blue and yellow together!


Beauty doesn't have to be big or expensive or fancy.  Beauty can just be something simple that makes you happy and brings a smile to your face when you look at it.

My simple beauty may not be your beauty, and vice versa.  But if an item is in your home and it's NOT making you smile and it's not bringing you joy to look at it, perhaps it's time to retire it to a cupboard for awhile (or forever) and put out something that makes you laugh or brings you joy just to look at it.

What colors or patterns are you loving this morning? Is your decor sporting some of your favorite colors? Are you surrounded by things you love?  Group some favorite items together for a collection or just sprinkle a few around the house to make you smile and make your home sing!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! Please do not put your own "Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky on your blog. As always, please don't forget to link to this post. Also, please don't forgot to leave me a comment!
  
(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)


Sunday, October 14, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 14: The One In Which I Ramble

So about this time panic starts to roll in. I am supposed to be posting 31 days in a row, I've been gone ALL day at a conference, I'm existing on about four hours sleep, and I got nuttin' planned to say for tomorrow's post (which is today as you're reading this).

However, did I mention that I went to Costco yesterday and my shopping cart knocked over a whole PILE of nicely folded sweaters?  Did I mention that I knocked all of them onto the floor?  Yup.

I blame my shopping cart because it's obvious that I would never do anything like that.  I know better.

My shopping cart, on the other hand, has a mind of its own.  Everyone who has ever pushed one of them knows that.

Speaking of shopping carts, if you and I are standing in the 15 item shopping line at the store, I will count the number of items in your cart.  Every.  Single.  One.

If you go over 15 I will give you the stink-eye....as long as your back is turned.  Then I will feel sorry for the fact that you can't count.  Then I will give you the stink-eye again because I CAN count.  Just sayin'......

Then I will pray and ask the Lord to forgive me for my selfishness because really, it's all about me and the fact that I want YOU to obey the rules, too, so I don't have to wait for your 4,369 items to be rung up.

What am I in such a hurry for? I don't know, but by golly you'd better have 15 items or less in your cart if the sign says so!

I am selfish, impatient, and in a hurry when I am in that line.  Fortunately, my God is never in a hurry and so He helps me remember His priorities.

He helps put a smile on my face when I really want to smack you over the head with the 15 ITEMS ONLY sign.  He reminds me that sometimes people matter more than rules, and grace more than rigidity.

I am a rule follower.  I like rules.  They are nice, neat and orderly and my life flows very well when I'm following the rules.  It doesn't flow very well when YOU aren't following the same rules.

However, I think we need a little bit of both: rule followers AND rule breakers.  Not breaking every rule, of course.  Just some of them so that the rest of us can learn mercy and grace as we deal with you!  ;0)

Just break some of the rules so that the rest of us can learn to imagine, and be creative, and not get stuck in a rule rut doing what we've always done because we've always done it that way.

Just some of them so that the rest of us can learn to be a little daring, spread our wings and fly a little......before going back to our rule ordered life.

You need US too!  To remind you that there are some rules that aren't meant to be broken.  That there are some limits and boundaries that are best left unchallenged.  To remind you that no one ever died from obeying the 15 grocery limit sign.  To remind you that it's o.k. to slow down and enjoy the view instead of rushing through life.

So go ahead, make your own rules or break your own rules today, and make your home sing!



(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)


Saturday, October 13, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 13: Making More Work For Yourself = Mashed Potato Glue

It usually takes five minutes or less to unload the dishwasher and yet sometimes I put it off, which is a very bad thing.

My family automatically loads their dirty dishes in the dishwasher when they're done with them.  Even the boys do that and have since they were little.

Sometimes hubby or one of the kids will unload it for me, but usually I beat them to it.



However, if I don't unload the dishwasher that means that the dishes will start to pile up in the sink all day long. If that happens, that means that someone, probably me, will have to unload the dishwasher and then load it up again with all those lovely dishes piled in the sink.  Good times.

What would have been a three minute job at best has now turned into a 15-30 minute job, depending on the number of dishes to be loaded, how many need to be hand washed, and how many meals we've eaten.

Isn't it amazing how we often make MORE work for ourselves just by avoiding a simple job?

That little pile of dust bunnies you are avoiding sweeping up today will turn into a mountain of dust bunnies by next week.

How about folding the laundry and not putting it away?  Then it gets knocked over, trampeled on, and there's nothing to be done for it but to wash it all over again.

Ever had a small rip in a shirt or pair of slacks expand into a bigger one because you didn't mend it in time?  Ever had to scrub stains out of nice school or church clothes because you didn't want to take the time to have your child change into play clothes before leaving to go to the park?

Have you ever had to scrub dried mashed potato remnants out of a pan because you didn't put it to soak?  It's like glue, people.  Hard glue.  Like glue glue.  Mashed potato glue.

Not that I have ever DONE that so of course I have no knowledge of what mashed potato glue would be like. *cough*

So what extra work are YOU making for yourself today?  Don't put it off, get to it while it's still a "little" thing and make your home sing!



(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)


Friday, October 12, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 12: Things They Never Tell You About Being A Mom

  • If your child is wearing socks around the house and steps in something yucky, he will take off the offending socks and put them on your clean kitchen counter.
  • If you are making a certain recipe because you KNOW that you have all the ingredients on hand ~ you will be wrong.
  • Your children will play quietly together all day long like perfect little angels ~ until the phone rings.
  •  Naps are not just for children anymore.
  • Your child will decide that NOW is the time to potty train the day you're Christmas shopping at the mall (on Christmas Eve!!!!) and he will want to visit every bathroom in every store in the mall.  Twice.
  • Your toddler will refuse to eat cooked carrots because they're "yucky" but will have no problem eating gum found under a chair at the fast food restaurant.
  • Your  preschooler won't drink out of your glass because of germs but will have no problem drinking out of the dog dish.
  • Your teenager cannot hear a word you're saying when you are standing right next to him, however he can hear the refrigerator opening from six blocks away.
  • Your middle schooler would not be caught dead wearing any outfit that YOU picked out, however she will have no qualms about telling YOU what outfit you should wear.....and maybe you should listen to her!
  • If you rush to the store to get something you need you will buy everything EXCEPT what you went to the store for.
  • When you are pregnant and drop something, 165 people will rush to your aid.  After the baby is born and you are chasing a preschooler, a toddler, and juggling a newborn while struggling with a 20 pound diaper bag and THEN drop something, no one will notice.
  • Your child will not tell you that he volunteered you to bring three dozen cupcakes until you're already there at the event.
  • Your husband can eat a five course meal, three desserts AND eat the leftovers for a midnight snack and not gain a pound.  You can LOOK at a piece of chocolate and gain five pounds.
  • Your husband cannot hear the baby crying even when said baby is sitting in his lap.  You can hear the baby while in a deep sleep.....in another city.....on another planet.
  • When you hold your baby for the first time, you give your heart away.  When your baby smiles at you for the first time, you get it back.
  • Thinking about the funny side of motherhood will make your home sing!

(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)








Thursday, October 11, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 11: Sometimes You Have To Break Out The Stink-Eye

 
This is the what I am seeing right now as I sit down to write a post.  Somebody wants attention.

My toy poodle is a spoiled brat and yes, I know it's my fault. She likes to sit in my lap and resents any and all intrusions. Right now I am sitting in the living room, feet up, with my laptop in my lap, and somebody is sitting right next to me, pouting (after whining at me first, of course).

However, she is eyeing me and the minute that laptop is off my lap, she will be on it. She is just waiting and biding her time. She has tried sitting on the keyboard before but she quickly found out that I don't like that very much.

I wish I had her tenacity.  I wish I had her enthusiasm.  I wish I had her focus.  I wish I had her hips.


She may get distracted with something off in the distance, but she will always come back to the task at hand.  How to get on my lap.


She will occasionally give you the stink-eye and let you know that this is NOT o.k. Such as when we got her hair cut short for the spring/summer so she wouldn't be too hot.  She was not amused.


Then she will try and look all cute and disarm you with her charm.


Having failed in that, eventually she will give in and get comfortable.  But not TOO comfortable.  She will relax just enough to be comfy but not enough to lose control of her objective.

She stays close and she is ready to spring into action when the opportunity presents itself.

What about YOU today?  What is your game plan for your home today?  Where is YOUR focus?  Are you too comfortable?

Have you lost your objective?  Are you ready to spring into action when the timing is right? Are you getting distracted?  Do you need to break out the stink-eye?  Focus on the task at hand and make your home sing!


(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

31 Days Of Making Your Home Sing, Day 10: Help Your Home Put On Its Fall Wardrobe

It's fall y'all!  What does fall mean to you?  To me it means rain, cool, wet weather; hoodies, sweaters, scarves, rain boots (notice it's all about ME), pumpkins, reddish gold leaves, and a super busy fall schedule.



If you live in a part of the country that has seasons, then you know that your wardrobe does a seasonal change - from your head all the way down to your feet.  We go from tank tops to sweaters, from flip flops to boots.

What about your home?  Does your home experience the seasons?  Does your decor remain the same throughout the year, or do you like to "seasonal" it up a bit?  Does your furniture remain fixed in one place or do you move it around for a different look?

I think it's fun to change things around a little.  For example, in the living room I have a spring/summer look where the furniture is pushed back towards the walls to open up the room and I lighten the decor up a bit.  Then for the fall/winter we move the furniture around the fireplace to make it more of a focal point, and I warm up the decor. 

During the spring/summer the focus is more on the windows and the outdoors, and during the fall/winter the focus is centered more around the fireplace.  What about you?  Does your living/family room have a focal point?



I use what I have on hand for the decor, but occasionally I will pick up a little something new.  I have also found some inexpensive (doesn't that sound nicer than "cheap?") things at The Dollar Store or the thrift store.


You don't have to break your budget to have a little seasonal fun. You can warm things up a bit with something as simple as a candle, and you can cozy things up a bit with something as easy as a few books and a throw rug or a few pillows. I like chickens too, chickens and roosters scream fall to me.

So go ahead, help your home put on its fall wardrobe and make your home sing!


(If you want to see the rest of the "31 Days of Making Your Home Sing" series you can find it here!)